Kayak Training Trip
This trip is for students who want to learn the skills needed to lead kayak trips for College Outdoors. We’ll stay in deluxe cabins (they have hot showers!) at Fort
Stevens State Park on the Oregon Coast. We’ll depart campus Friday night, spend Saturday developing kayak skills in Willapa Bay, and practice more techniques
in a side channel of the Columbia River on Sunday before returning to campus in time for dinner. You’ll learn rescues, strokes and maneuvers, and instruction
How to Register
Registration Opens: Friday, September 15th, 2023
Trip Fee: $50 / $25*
*We have a limited amount of scholarships available based on financial need. If you qualify, he trip fee is cut in half thanks to scholarship funding from ASB. We accept cash, checks, credit/debit cards, and apple/samsung/google pay.
How to Sign Up:
To register for a trip, stop by the College Outdoors office in Fowler 244. We’re open Mon - Thur 9am-5pm, and Fridays 9am-3pm.
When trips are first posted on Fridays, you can write your name on the paper trip sign-up sheet to save your spot until the following Tuesday at 5pm. You can pay to secure your spot right away, or return to pay by that following Tuesday at 5pm. After that, all trips spots are first-paid, first-served.
- Overnight in a rental house or deluxe yurts
No experience necessary, but it is helpful if you have some experience paddling kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, canoes, or other paddle-craft. We’ll teach you all the skills needed to participate, but kayaking can be physically demanding. The distance paddled and time on the water will be tailored to the group and weather conditions.
Participants should be prepared sit in a kayak for a couple hours at a time, paddle using full range of motion in the upper body, and walk on uneven terrain. Swimming ability is not required since you will be wearing a Personal Floatation Device (aka, a lifejacket), but you should be comfortable in deep water.
Accessibility accommodations are available, contact email@example.com.
What to Expect
- ☑ Sleeping indoors
- ☐ Sleeping outdoors
- ☑ Electricity
- ☑ Wifi
- ☑ Cell phone service
- ☑ Heating
- ☑ Beds
- ☑ Bathrooms
- ☑ Gender-inclusive bathrooms
- ☑ Showers
- ☐ Wheelchair accessible
- ☑ Food for any Dietary Restrictions
College Outdoors trips have a Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM) prior to the trip to help you prepare, which takes place at the Sequoia warehouse on the Graduate Campus.
At this meeting you’ll meet the trip leaders and other participants, learn more about the trip activity, location, and schedule, and be given a packing list of everything you need for your trip. The trip leaders and Sequoia staff will then help you find and borrow anything on the packing list that you’d like to borrow. We have high-quality outdoor clothing and equipment, and it’s all free to use for your trip!
If you miss a Pre-Trip Meeting, check your email for important info you missed.
Sequoia is the College Outdoors warehouse, located on the Graduate Campus. Everything you’ll need is available for free when you come on a College Outdoors Trip. At Sequoia you will find:
- Clothing needed for your trip, including any relevant outerwear and specialty items needed for the activity. Sizes range from XS - XXL and come in gendered an non-gendered designs.
- Gear needed for your trip, such as sleeping bags, backpacks, water bottles, and much much more.
- Equipment such as tents, cookware, first-aid kits, and boats, which trip leaders will pack for each trip as needed.
- Gender-neutral bathrooms, which can also be used as changing rooms.
- Staff available to answer your questions.